Posted by Darren Pay on Aug 08, 2017
Anyone who has enjoyed the luxury of driving around in their own car in Melbourne is aware of the fact that it takes a certain amount of effort to maintain it. And it is important to ensure that the parts are seen to from time to time for safety as well as the best functionality. One of the most integral parts of the car is the windscreen.
It serves 3 main functions, all of which are extremely important:
- Supports the weight of the roof.
- Protects the passengers and drivers from weather elements and flying particles.
- Creates an air vacuum for the car.
Considering that all 3 functions are so important and can also be life-threatening incase tampered with there are Australia standards for the windscreen to meet. These Australian standards are applied right from the construction of the glass to its installation to the repair or removal and replacement.
In fact there are Australian standards to adhere to with regard to windscreen and window tinting as well. Their purpose really is to ensure that whatever repair, replacement, glass tinting, etc takes place isn't one that compromises on safety.
Here are some of the general standards that are to be kept in mind for all Melbourne car owners:
The glass for the window and windscreen should be made from approved glass: As per the Australian law the glass used for car windows and windscreen should be made from British, Japanese, Australian or American safety glass. This particular glass is distinguished because it is a dual-layer laminated glass which has a chemical compound between both the layers. Thus, even if the windscreen gets a scratch or crack, the chemical holds it together and prevents it from shattering.
Repair, removal or replacement of the windscreen/window should be taken care of immediately and in the right way: Procrastination of tending to a damaged windscreen or window can endanger you as well as the lives of those in the car. Serious neck and head injuries, air bag failure or wounds caused by shattered glass are only some of the accidental risks you expose yourself to, and I'm sure nobody voluntarily wants any of that.
Resources and tools used for repair: When you send in your car to the garage to have it fixed or for getting the glass tinted, it is important to know what resources and tools the technician will make use of and whether they are in compliance with Australian standards. There is no point in getting a hurried or cheap job done that will just require a bigger expense and job later. Moreover, you sure don't want to be hauled into court for it right?
Tinting the car glass right: Windscreen/window tinting is the process where a film is applied onto the glass of the car. This film is available in a variety of dark shades which you can select from depending on your preference. However, as per the compliance standards their tint shade can only be as dark as 35%. And frankly this shade is enough to keep out the glare, protect you from the UV rays of the sun, give you privacy and also strengthen the glass. When you send in your car for tinting, remember to check with your car technician whether the quality for the tint film used and the tint gradient is Melbourne standard compliant.
Windscreen glass is one of the main tools a car driver makes use of. A scratch or crack that may seem insignificant to you may actually land up being the very thing that causes great tragedy. It is for this very reason that Australian standards are set in place to ensure safety and the best driving experience for yourself as well as those on the road with you.